It's Rainning Gordon-Levitts!
· Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson have signed on for Hesher, an indie dramedy produced by and costarring Natalie Portman. Here's the plot: Gordon-Levitt is a twentysomething loser who befriends TJ, a 13-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother after his mom dies and his father (Wilson) becomes a prescription drug addict. Portman plays a dreamy grocery store worker who probably doesn't hook up with any of these messes. [THR]
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· A feistier than usual Sumner Redstone kept dropping the doozies at yesterday's Milken Institute Global Conference, telling the audience Rupert Murdoch got taken when he plunked down $5 billion for the Wall Street Journal ("I'm not sure there will be newspapers in 10 years..."), that the streets of Burbank would run with Jay Leno's bloodied ratings ("CSI will beat the hell out of him..."), and that he still enjoys a healthy personal life well into his third century ("Violence is bad, sex is good..."). [THR]
· The Screen Actors Guild announced all ballots for voting on the new proposed contract will be sent out May 19th, and are due back June 9. Between now and then, expect lots of gatefold trade ads touting "For Your Consideration: Are You Nuts? They're Bleeding Us Dry! Vote NO on the Codified Basic Agreement!"[THR]
· Miramax and Focus have purchased the rights to Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne), a French-language European thriller that surprised Hollywood by pulling in $6 million in the U.S. It follows a pediatrician who receives an e-mail that points him to live video footage of the wife he thought was brutally murdered eight years before. [Variety]
· Jeffrey Katzenberg and Leonard Nimoy will receive special recognition at the Saturn Awards; Nimoy will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for decades of Federation servitude and nerve-pinch dispensation, and Katzenberg the Visionary Award for 3-D and animation efforts. [Variety]
· The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's announced director David Slade has been attached to Cold Skin, an "Antarctic island horror/psychological thriller" based on the Spanish novel. It starts shooting in March 2010, but it's never too early to know who'll be helming your chilly journeys of dread! [Variety]
· A Washington Post story about Eugene Allen, an African-American butler who served eight presidents between 1952 and 1986 in the White House has been snapped up by Hollywood concerns -- Sony to be exact -- and has been handed over to Recount writer Danny Strong to spin into a heartwarming Driving Miss Reagan for a post-'bama generation. [Variety]